Incumbent Dave Swan narrowly defeated the Rev. Mark Myers in the race for Waukesha County Board’s District 10, altogether earning about 56 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s election.
According to preliminary election results, Swan secured 667 votes to Myers 526. Altogether, 1,201 votes were cast in wards that included the City of Pewaukee, City of Waukesha and the Town of Brookfield.
Swan has served on the county board for more than 10 years and is a veteran of local and regional government. Myers has served as pastor at churches in both Milwaukee and Waukesha and previously ran for alderman in Waukesha.
Both candidates said the main issue in the election was taxes, but Swan scoffed at “anti-tax goofs” who believed that the county was not already being run efficiently.
“They are wrong,” he said.
As previously reported, the county tax rate in the cities of Pewaukee and Waukesha fell over the past 10 years, according to county tax records.
Swan said that he is asking local voters to support in November an amendment to the Wisconsin constitution that would protect the state’s transportation fund from being raided by elected officials.
“We need to fix up the roads,” Swan said. “The last two winters have been devastating for us.”
The problem, he said, was the lack of state funds available to perform the work.
“The fact of the matter is that we need more money in that fund,” he said. “How do we keep the roads in good shape without raising taxes? We need to keep people from robbing that fund.”
Myers said he did not wish to comment.